Kilgore power forward and Oral Roberts signee Chris Angsomwine took time out of his busy schedule this week to answer a few questions for us.
Question: What has been your biggest adjustment on the court from playing in Ghana to playing in the USA?
Answer: My biggest adjustments on the court has been the intensity of the Game.. . Also there was a lot of learning to be done .. Gone are the days where i used to go to the court back home and just do my own thing. I would say the biggest adjustment has been the physical part of the game and also learning and playing the game the right way.
Question: What has been your biggest adjustment off the court from living in Ghana to living in the USA?
Answer: The biggest adjustment off the court has been combining studies with basketball.. You can not just concentrate on one, You have to concentrate on both and excel in both of them. Another adjustment off the court I would say it’s been your own man.. Gone are the days where I had my parents telling me what to do . Now I have to make my own decisions and any decision I take is solely on me. You have to be smart.
Question: How would you describe the level of play in Ghana?
Answer: The level of play in Ghana is nothing like that in the USA but i think its still growing. This can be attributed to the fact that we don’t have a lot of people playing the game back in Ghana but i think the level is coming along now because most of the kids are now willing to learn the game the right way. But for now I would say the game is still developing in Ghana and the level will rise as the game develops.
Question: What players do you try to pattern yourself after?
Answer: I don’t really have a player which I pattern my self after. I kind of watch all the good players in college ball and in the NBA who play the same position that i do and try to learn from.them. I kind of learn from everybody, from my teammates, to other college players to the pros. But I would like to end by saying one guy whose play I have always liked is Kevin Garnett.
Question: Since the players on Claude Thompson’s Cape Coast Hoops team will read this what advice do you have for them?
Answer: Well the advice I would have for them is that playing college ball is not a right, it’s a privilege and a once in a life time opportunity. So when that opportunity comes their way, they should grab and make the very best out of it. I would also like to say playing college ball comes with a lot of responsibilities and you can’t just do whatever you want because your part of a team and every team has rules. They should also allow themselves to be coachable because I know for a fact that players coming from Ghana still have a lot to learn about the game. They should come here with a mind set that they are here for business. Academics and basketball comes first .